Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney has insisted that he remains his own person and that captaining club and country hasn’t led him to become influenced by former teammates, The Sun reports.
Rooney was handed the captaincy for both teams last summers and has since assumed the role admirably, leading England to the top of their European qualification group whilst spearheading Man United’s attack in their pursuit of Champions League qualification.
The 29-year-old revealed that galvanising team talks were necessary this season, but insisted that they came naturally and were not premeditated. Ahead of a crunch period with games against Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool Manchester City off the back of a defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup, Rooney felt it was time to deliver that speech.
“I didn’t even write anything down for my wedding,” Rooney revealed regarding his public speaking skills.
“The team spirit in the dressing room is fantastic. There are, though, obviously times when you have to speak up. I did it before the Spurs game because I felt I had to.
“We’d had a bad defeat against Arsenal and I just wanted to reiterate to the players what our targets were for the remaining games of the season. The players responded to that and we have had some good results.”
As Man United prepare to face Chelsea this weekend, Rooney’s job as captain might have to be to keep his teammates grounded following their emphatic victory over rivals Man City
Another victory will surely see the Red Devils all but confirm their place in next season’s Champions League.